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Adventures in Dementia*land: Part VI

On Hideous Toe Nails and Moments of Intimacy   3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table, took off … Continue reading

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Dear Beloved Ordaining Congregations (and All Sentient Beings Present) at my Ordination Yesterday:

I am flush with gratitude. Each time I turned my face towards you, I beheld so so so many of you out there.  At first it felt like I was stealing glances at you.  I felt brazen.  Then I felt … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee

Preparing for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee: not for the faint-hearted.  Besides the whole get a degree thing, and take on additional educational debt, there was the four-page Required Reading List.  At five months out, a member of my study group … Continue reading

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Children’s Advice for Seeing the Ministerial Fellowship Committee

Do you know the story of the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams? It is a beloved story about a stuffed animal rabbit, who is decidedly not a toy, but who is not yet real, not until it is loved so … Continue reading

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Tribute to Stephen Philbrick on the Occasion of Twenty Years in Ministry

this is the original version of the abbreviated tribute I gave this morning West Cummington Church November 30, 2014 These days I do not much write poems. Instead, I write blogposts and blessings, sermons and lists of assignments to complete … Continue reading

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The Gender Spectrum: A Workshop, A Blogpost, A Poem

“Sexuality is who you go to bed with. Gender identity is who you to bed as.” So sayeth the authors of The GENDER Book at a workshop I attended last night. In the summer and fall of 2010, there was … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror: Learning Humility (Part I)

Not that long ago, I was sitting in an early morning committee meeting, one of my first in my official capacity as an intern minister.  I wanted them to know that I value them.  I wanted to show them I … Continue reading

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Bidden or Unbidden: God in the House?

God keeps popping up at my house. Which is a little strange given that we are a couple of Buddhists. It started this summer, while I was interning as a hospital chaplain, part of the process to form me as … Continue reading

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A Blessing at the Start of a Ministerial Internship

For my new Teaching Parish Committee   We are artists, not evaluators…   Though there are tools that will be offered, carefully crafted grids for assessment and measurement, guidance for feedback and evaluation, do not be deceived: your task here … Continue reading

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From the Land of On-Call: A Day in the Life of a CPE Student

Twenty-four hours on-call. At the hospital. Not as long as one of my colleagues who this very same weekend is doing forty-eight (yes, two days straight ~ not to mention Monday through Friday on either side). This, apparently, is the … Continue reading

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